DEVELOPERS have confirmed it is in “tough and determined” negotiations with the council over redevelopment of Holland Market.
Although there is not yet any firm plan on the table, South Holland District Council has vowed to ensure that if the development does go ahead it is in the best interests of Spalding and its residents.
And it has said the proposals, which it described as “very much a work in progress”, are an opportunity to “right some of the wrongs” regarding the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field and Holland Market and “create something much more positive for the town”.
In the past there has been criticism that only Spalding United Football Club has use of the field which was bought for the recreational use of the people of Spalding using money bequeathed to the town by Sir Halley Stewart.
In a statement issued by the council, a spokesman said: “The developer at this stage is not ready to put in a formal application and the council is determined to ensure that the total package on offer is right for the people of South Holland.”
It is the first time the council has admitted it has spoken to Michael Moran, who represents the interests of Holland Market owners Corbo in the UK.
It is believed council leader Gary Porter and Mr Moran met earlier this week to discuss Corbo’s plans for a major overhaul of the Holland Market site, including the Sir Halley Stewart field, bus station and retail areas on both sides of Winfrey Avenue.
Mr Moran has also revealed he would like to build a community sports facility on the edge of Spalding, possibly on a site already acquired by Spalding United Football Club next to the A16, which would include a football stadium, all weather pitches and social club.
Mr Moran said: “I have made it clear to Coun Porter that there is a serious offer on the table but he is driving a hard bargain.
“We are now working together and are in discussions to put together a comprehensive plan and the council is negotiating in a tough and determined way because what we do has got to work long-term for the people of Spalding.”